January 7, 2014
It’s cold where I live right now. Not as cold as
some places, obviously, but for us here in the south a low of a single
digit is COLD! Being cold breeds challenges - frozen pipes, cars that
won’t start, power outages. It’s dangerous. It’s news-worthy.
when I made a visit yesterday and asked if there was anything on the
homebound person’s mind they would like to include in prayer, the
response made me smile. “All that is on anyone’s mind is the weather”
was what I heard. Now, tell me, how do I pray about the weather?
is not uncommon to include weather in prayer. We do so often. Oh God,
send favorable weather for crops and harvests. Oh God, please let my
wedding (soccer game, golf tournament, birthday or graduation party -
you insert event) have good weather (never mind it is scheduled for
outdoors in March - an iffy proposition at best). Oh God, protect us and
calm the hurricane winds or tornados.
Now, these are all
legitimate prayers, all legitimate concerns, and I do not mean to
minimize them, especially of those in the path of impending storms. The
truth, though, is the weather will do what it will do. My husband often
comments he loves “weather” because it is the one thing humans really
cannot control - or have the audacity to think they can. It will be what
it will be.
So why do we fret over it so much? Perhaps it’s
because we can’t control it. We can only respond to it, and talk about
it, and complain about it. Oh, and pray about it. After all, it’s on our
mind, so we might as well talk to God about it.